The month of February.
February means the second month of the year.
An example of February is the month that comes after January.
pl. -·ar·ies or -·ar·ys
the second month of the year, having 28 days in regular years and 29 days in leap years: abbrev. Feb or F
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie ; from Classical Latin Februarius (mensis), origin, originally , month of expiation ; from februa, Roman festival of purification held Feb. 15, plural of februum, means of purification, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhwes-, to stir up, blow, eddy from source deer, dizzy
The second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.
Origin of FebruaryMiddle English Februarie, from Latin Febru&amacron;rius (m&emacron;nsis), (month) of purification, from februa, expiatory offerings, possibly of Sabine origin. Usage Note: The preferred pronunciation among usage writers is (f&ebreve;b′r&oomac;-&ebreve;r′&emacron;), but in actual usage the pronunciation (f&ebreve;b′y&oomac;-&ebreve;r′&emacron;) is far more common and so cannot be considered incorrect. The loss of the first r in this pronunciation can be accounted for by the phonological process known as dissimilation, whereby one of two similar or identical sounds in a word is changed or dropped so that a repetition of that sound is avoided. In the case of February, the loss of the first r was also helped along by the influence of January, which has only one r.
(plural Februarys or Februaries)